21 March 2014, 10:55

Russia still open to contacts with West concerning Ukraine - Moscow

Russia still open to contacts with West concerning Ukraine - Moscow

Russia is still prepared to hold negotiations with the West concerning the situation in Ukraine, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said. 

"We will not cease trying to explain our position, look for diplomatic ways of the crisis and seek to resolve issues as partners," he said in the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia's parliament, on Friday.

Moscow promises eventual naturalization of all Ukrainians seeking this opportunity

All citizens of Ukraine interested in Russian citizenship must be naturalized, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.

"I am confident that the wish of all people interested in naturalization will be granted, but they have to be patient," he said at a session of the Federation Council International Affairs Committee. "Many people, and not only in Ukraine, wish to acquire this citizenship," the diplomat said.

"I am confident there is a need for legislative initiatives and, simultaneously, the participation of our numerous compatriots in the state program of their voluntary resettlement in Russia. Relevant allocations have been made from the state budget," Karasin continued.

He also said that the Russian Consulate General in Simferopol would be transformed into an office of the Russian Foreign Ministry in a Russian Federation constituent due to the new status of Crimea, and the Federal Migration Service will deal with naturalization issues.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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